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The History of the Washoe Club

Among the sixty charter members were Bank of California officers W.H. Blauvelt, J.E. Eckley, J.P. Martin and A.J. Ralston; Nevada Bank of San Francisco agent George A. King, Territorial Enterprise editor R. M. Daggett, mining magnates John Mackay and James G. Fair, Tahoe lumber magnate D.L. Bliss, mine superintendents Samuel T. Curtis, Charles Forman, W.S. Hobert, Frank F. Osbiston, and Isaac L. Requa; former Nevada Chief Justice James F. Lewis, Judge R.S. Mesick, Virginia and Truckee Railroad officers F.A. Tritle and H. M. Yerington and Wells Fargo agent C.C. Pendergast.

Other charter members included these attorneys and businessmen:

P.F. Beardsley, C.H.Belknap, Daniel Cook, A. Cornwall, George H. Dana, W.E.F. Deal, C. Derby, R.V. Dey, Samuel Doake, E.D. Dorsey, C.E. DeLong, Dennis Driscoll, A.M. Eddington, G.F. Ford, N.C. Hall, A.C. Hamilton, John B. Hereford, G.W. Hopkins, R.P. Geating, Robert H. Lindsay, John Mallon, Joseph B. Mallon, D.C. McKay, T.D. Parkinson, T.H. Ralston, W.M. Robertson, Henry Rolfe, George Senf, M.N. Stone, Thomas B. Taylor, A.B. Thompson, C.W. Tozer, John Van DeWater, C.H. Van Gorder, R. Webber, B.C. Whitman, W.S. Wood, William Woodburn and W.T. Wright.

Within two months the Club had purchased the Reynolds Building at 8 & 10 “B” Street and promptly began renovating the structure to the organization’s luxurious requirements; the enterprise of April 22, 1875, noted the progress:

The double hall was at once taken out and the stairs, which were in front, were removed to the rear. As at present arranged, the ascent is easily made and the hall commodious. The lower floor of the building is still occupied by Mr. Thompson, the architect, upon one side, and by Mr. Hereford, the mill and mining superintendent, upon the other.

To the north of the hall, and next to the eastern wall, is the wine-room — 14×17 feet – which will be fitted up with an elegant sideboard, etc. Between this and the front parlor is the card-room –14×14 — which is to be elegantly furnished, but in which no games for money will be allowed to be played. Passing through the folding doors to the front, you enter one of the double parlors, which occupy the whole front of the building, and are connected by sliding doors of ample dimensions. The first parlor is 19×24, the second 24×27 feet. To the west of the one last mentioned is the billiard-room, 24×31 feet, which is to contain two tables, of elegant pattern and most approved make. Either of these rooms is accessible from the hall and communicate by means of sliding doors.

The old windows are to be removed and replaced by two pane of French plate glass.

The carpets and furniture are to be of the most elegant styles and make and of superior quality. The grates and mantles are of the purest marble, and when completed, the Washoe Club will have a place where they may recline at ease and sojourn in comfort. It is the intention of the Club to erect a building upon the western portion of their lot, and facing “A” Street, which will be fitted up in elegance and used as a really first-class lodging house with restaurant attached. When completed, the Club may justly feel proud of their conveniently arranged, elegantly fitted up and comfortable rooms.

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